Troubled Water (2008)
"DeUsynlige" (original title)

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A man convicted in his teens for killing a child is released on parole. He struggles to build a new life, but his past is uncovered.



(as Harald Rosenløw Eeg)
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A man convicted in his teens for killing a child is released on parole. He finds work as a church organist and develops a rewarding relationship with a priest and her young son. However, his caring for the boy catches the attention of his old victim's mother, bringing to the surface her bad memories and unanswered questions. This draws them both into troubled waters, having to learn when to hold on and when to let go. Written by Vages

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26 September 2008 (Norway)  »

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NOK 21,277,000 (estimated)

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"Excruciatingly heartrending, gently lyrical..."
17 September 2013 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Norwegian screenwriter, producer, cinematographer and director Erik Poppe's third feature film which he co-wrote with Norwegian author, musician and screenwriter Harald Rosenløw Eeg, is based on a story by Erik Poppe, Harald Rosenløw Eeg and Finn Gjerdrum and is the final part of his Oslo Trilogy which was preceded by "Scphaa" (1998) and "Hawaii, Oslo" (2004). It premiered in Norway, was shot on location in Oslo, Norway and is a Norwegian production which was produced by Norwegian producers Finn Gjerdrum and Stein B. Kvae. It tells the story about a man named Jan Thomas Hansen who after having spent eight years in prison for the murder of a young boy named Isak, is released on parole. Due to his musical talent, Jan Thomas gets himself a job as an organist at a church in Oslo, Norway where he acquaints a priest named Anna who lives on her own with her son named Jens who is in kindergarten. Whilst Jan Thomas is getting settled in his new apartment and with his job, the preschool teacher and mother of 4-year-old Isak named Agnes who lives with her husband named Jon and their two adoptive daughters named Selma and Malin is considering whether or not their family should move to Denmark.

Distinctly and precisely directed by Nordic filmmaker Erik Poppe, this finely paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the protagonist's point of view, draws an authentic, humane and rarely gripping portrayal of a somewhat reluctantly forgiveness-seeking Norwegian man who whilst adapting to life outside prison befriends a single mother and her only child whom reminds him of the child he was imprisoned for having killed with another man nearly a decade earlier, and a mother who one summer day recognizes one of the two men who took her son's life walking around in society as a free man and talking with a child. While notable for it's naturalistic milieu depictions, sterling cinematography by Norwegian cinematographer John Christian Rosenlund, production design by Norwegian production designer Kristine Wilhelmsen and use of light, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about living with loss, looking for conclusive answers, returning to society, acknowledging one's guilt and the possibility of reconciliation, depicts an acutely internal study of character and contains a great and timely score by Swedish composer Johan Söderqvist.

This sociological, conversational, modestly romantic and psychological drama from the late 2000s which is set in the capital city of Norway in the 21st century and where an ex-convict is beginning his first intimate relationship in years and a Norwegian citizen of Danish origins begins approaching one of her son's perpetrators, is impelled and reinforced by it's fragmented narrative structure, substantial character development, subtle continuity, vivid characters, emotional substance, poignant and illuminating instrumental music, comment by Agnes : "It is one thing to have lost him. It is something else to not find him again." the impressive acting performance by Norwegian actor Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen in an introverted and deeply vulnerable role interpretation, the masterful acting performance by Danish actress Trine Dyrholm whose performance starts off as understated and escalates into a hurricane of emotional expressions and the reverent acting performances by Norwegian actor Trond Espen Seim, Norwegian actress Ellen Dorrit Petersen and Norwegian actor Frank Kjosås. An excruciatingly heartrending, gently lyrical and gracefully atmospheric character piece, and one of Norwegian cinema history's greatest films.

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